Rick Scott chooses trial attorneys to replace four judges


Gov. Rick Scott has chosen litigators to fill four vacancies on the state trial bench.

James T. Ferrara will replace Moses Baker Jr. on the 15th Judicial Circuit Court in West Palm Beach.

Ferrara is a shareholder at Shraiberg, Ferrara, Landau & Page who practices commercial litigation. He holds a J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.

Peter Matthew Brigham will replace Richard Tombrink Jr. in the 5th Judicial Circuit in Centrral Florida. He has been an assistant state attorney in the circuit since 2002. He holds a law degree from the University of Florida.

Fabienne Fahnestock and Yael Gamm will serve in the 17th Judicial Circuit in Fort Lauderdale.

Fahnestock is a shareholder at Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart who litigates business, employment, health care, probate, trust, and appellate cases. She holds a J.D. from the University of Florida, and replaces Thomas M. Lynch IV.

Gamm is an assistant state attorney in the circuit. She holds a law degree from Nova Southeastern University, and replaces Arthur M. Birken.

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  • Glen Gibellina

    February 15, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Scott is a disaster when choosing anyone for a State position much less a Judge. He veto the alimony and shared parenting bills TWICE. He knows nothing about the Judiciary. The Florida bar is a private corporation and should be treated as such. It would be interesting to see how much money these firms gave to his election campaign. Look no further than the appointment of Carlos Beruff on the hospital board after a 100k donation. Carlos has ZERO experience in the health care industry.

    • carol

      February 15, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      I cannot agree more.The judicial system in Florida just continues to decline. Our prison system houses a higher percentage of mental health case than ever before with no real resolutions to criminal cases. Prison has become the first place the Judges throw and store human beings with no rehabilitation whatsoever.

  • Mike Davis (@PatriotTPaine)

    February 15, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Assistant State Attorneys 90% of the time make Lousy Judges. They want to hang everyone and that is in Civil Court. They do not know the Civil rules and make errors constantly. Takes them years to learn Probate Real Estate,Guardianship or family Law. If they just went directly to criminal bench it may work better. Putting ASA on Civil Court ruins the system They other appointees that have great civil experience can learn criminal procedure and practice in 3 months and the trial matters and evidence code are the same. better off will appointing civil attorneys they make better Judges

  • marc cooper

    February 15, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Scott is a clown

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